Chennai: With the State occupying second position in the country in terms of people affected by coronavirus and with the Centre asking States to strictly implement lockdown, more restrictions are in place in Tamilnadu from today.
Chief Secretary K Shanmugam has directed that from now on only District Collectors can issue movement passes to people who are in need to travel to places other than where they stay for emergency reasons like death, hospitalisation and marriages.
This move comes after taking note of the fact that too many people are on the roads despite a Statewide lockdown is in force to prevent the spread of coronavirus,
In his communication to the Collectors and all Municipal Commissioners, the Chief Secretary said the arrangement did not work satisfactorily as too many people were on the roads.
Centre has asked States and Union Territories to strictly implement lockdown measures in the letter and spirit. In a letter to State Chief Secretaries and UT administrators, Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla said, it has been noticed that some States and UTs are allowing exceptions beyond what has been permitted under the lockdown.
He said, this amounts to violation of the lockdown measures announced by the Center under the Disaster Management Act and may defeat the overall objective of containing the spread of COVID-19